As Paul Manafort anticipates transfer to RIKERS ISLAND to await charges by the state of New York for additional financial crimes, John Solomon reports that Robert Mueller’s special counsel report significantly distorted the background of a Ukrainian businessman with whom Manafort had business ties, saying that he was a Russian intel agent.

 

Sounds sinister, doesn’t it? But Konstantin Kilimnik was, in reality, a ‘sensitive’ intelligence source for the U.S. State Department, not Russia. He was one of their most reliable and valuable sources on what was going on inside the Ukrainian government. State Department officials had told the FBI that it didn’t seem Kilimnik held any allegiance to Moscow at all, and that he was, in fact, highly critical of Russia’s invasion of Crimea. Mueller had to be well aware of all this. He had had in his possession since 2018 hundreds of pages of government documents such as “302” interview reports, from both the FBI and State Department, that attested to this. By leaving it out and painting Kilimnik as a Russian agent, he managed to make former Trump campaign chairman Manafort look like a possible conspirator.


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Mueller and his team had to know that Kilimnik visited the United States twice in 2016 to meet with State Department officials, and that for years, going back to 2013, he met regularly, sometimes several times a week, with the top political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kiev. He sent lengthy written email reports to U.S. officials. In other words, he was on our side. But you would never know this from reading the report, because THEY LEFT IT OUT.

 

This seems very much in character for Mueller (or, just as likely, his infamous right-hand man Andrew Weissmann, known for deep-sixing exculpatory material); he also deceptively edited the transcript of a voicemail from former Trump attorney John Dowd to the attorney for Michael Flynn, making a perfectly appropriate and proper conversation between lawyers seem like obstruction of justice.

 

Mueller is just as adept as James Comey’s FBI was at strategically omitting information. The FISA application to spy on Carter Page said HE was suspected of being a Russian agent (when they knew he wasn't) but hid their knowledge that the Steele “dossier” was political opposition research against Trump that had been funded by Hillary Clinton and the DNC, with money funneled through their law firm. That would have been something to include, wouldn’t it??

Sean Hannity pointed out on his Thursday night show that Solomon is not the first reporter to raise questions about Kilimnik; for example, Kenneth Vogel and Andrew Kramer wrote at great length about him in The New York Times on February 23 of this year. (“Russian spy or hustling political operative? The enigmatic figure at the heart of Mueller’s inquiry...”) But what’s new is the observation that Mueller knowingly left out information about Kilimnik to more easily paint him as a Russian agent.

 

But, hey, by twisting the story, they really juiced up their report. As John Solomon writes, “The incomplete portrayal of Kilimnik is so important to Mueller’s overall narrative that it is raised in

the opening of his report. ‘The FBI assesses’ Kilimnik ‘to have ties to Russian intelligence,’ Mueller’s team wrote on page 6, putting a sinister light on every contact Kilimnik had with Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman.”


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“And [Kilimnik] had that recent contact [with U.S. intel] in March of 2016, just as he [Manafort] was being named to the President’s campaign. How does that stay a secret for so long?” Solomon asked. “Somebody didn’t want us to get a complete picture, that’s what.”

 

Another distortion is Mueller’s portrayal of Kilimnik’s delivery to the Trump campaign of a peace plan for settling the conflict between Russia and the Ukraine over Crimea. This was in August of 2016. What the report fails to mention is that Kilimnik had already presented this plan...to the Obama administration, three months earlier during a trip to Washington. He offered it to Alexander Kasanof, his former handler at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, who (get this) by then had been promoted to a top policy position at the State Department. (That’s the level of trust we’re talking about.) Kilimnik was thanked for the plan and told that it was “very important for us to know.”

 

Mueller’s report says nothing about Kilimnik’s previous delivery of the plan to the Obama State Department.

 

Also, the fact that he was able to travel to the U.S. to meet with State officials tells us that he was never flagged in visa databases as a foreign intelligence threat.

 

Solomon has tons of confirmation that Mueller’s team had all this documentation and must have been aware of Kilimnik’s true alliances, which apparently weren’t sinister at all. Just the opposite, in fact. Of course, with Kilimnik’s Russian connections, he surely DID have contact over the years with Russian intelligence figures, but perhaps those very contacts helped make his information especially valuable to our State Department. His work as a trusted intel source for the State Department needed to be figured into Mueller’s report, but Mueller studiously ignored it.

 

So, as Mueller slinks away, the question is, how else did he shape the narrative? What else did he leave out?


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Key figure that Mueller report linked to Russia was a State Department intel source

In related news, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents and is currently awaiting sentencing, reportedly wants to fire his attorneys. However, on Thursday evening Judge Emmet Sullivan blocked this move, although it was on procedural grounds. According to the Washington Examiner, Flynn is preparing to withdraw his guilty plea.

 

GOOD.

 

We’ve followed Flynn’s story for a long time. Recall that during the transition, as he was moving boxes into his new office as Trump’s new national security adviser, two FBI officials –- Peter Strzok (that’s right) and Joe Pietka –- sent by then-FBI Director James Comey dropped in to, uh, clear up a few questions they had about some of his contacts. His deputy, Andrew McCabe, had casually set this up in a phone call, making out that it was no big deal, just a formality. Flynn had asked McCabe if he should have a lawyer and was specifically told no.

 

We know now that this was a bogus interview; they already knew exactly what Flynn had said in the phone conversations they asked him about because they had surveilled him and unmasked his name. (Someone also illegally leaked it to the Washington Post –- a serious crime.) Sally Yates had set this obvious perjury trap in motion by expressing concerns that Flynn might have violated the Logan Act (!) by having contacts that actually were perfectly appropriate for someone in his job during a presidential transition.

 

Comey even joked later in a 2018 TV interview that he wouldn’t have tried something like this –- casually dropping by and questioning someone without a lawyer –- during previous administrations, only during the “chaos” of Trump’s transition period. Real funny. What he and his cohorts did ruined the life and reputation of a distinguished military man who served his country for many years.

 

We now know that even the agents who interviewed Flynn didn’t think he was actually trying to be deceptive. It seems obvious that he pleaded guilty only because he was out of money and just couldn’t continue the legal fight. (There were also reports that they were threatening to go after his son, too.) But since then, we’ve figured out what this really was, and so has he. Perhaps he also has a new source of legal funds; I pray that’s the case, as this man was set up from the get-go. If he wants to change his plea now, so be it!

 

Apparently, this honorable man still has some fight left in him.

 

Judge won’t allow Flynn to fire his attorneys

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  • marida binsted

    06/07/2019 10:52 AM

    Hillary Clinton should be held accountable for what she did to trump. She has no shame and still runs around crying that she should have won. I guess so with all the shananigans she did. I hope they are held accountable soon. Adam Shiff should shut his mouth. He never put anything on the table running around saying he has something. If he did he sure would have told it. Maybe he knows what the Democrats did and is afraid Mr. Barr will get to the bottom of it. This is a sorry day for this country when you have leaders in the Democrat party wanting to impeach or lockup a president as a result of their wrongdoing. I feel sorry for the future generation if this mess is not cleaned up.

  • Walter N. Willis

    06/07/2019 10:19 AM

    As always, your articles are insightful and informing. Without the factual assessments and honest reporting by you and others (Hannity, Sarah Carter, etal), the shenanigans of the entrenched bureaucrats and Hillary Clinton types in Washington would never be known. Thank you.

  • Janine Pope Barker

    06/07/2019 10:18 AM

    Fire the judge....

  • Kenneth Arnold

    06/07/2019 10:18 AM

    Where is the "go fund me" account that will collect money for the General's defense? I'm in.

  • Richard Payne

    06/07/2019 10:16 AM

    Everyday Mike we find out more of the wrongdoing and deceit by Mueller, FBI and others. How come nothing happens? Thats what the American people are so angry about. The seem above the law. They are writing books, touring, giving speeches and laughing at the American people. Why dont you demand on TV that they are brought to justice. If it was the other way around, there would be 2am breaking down of doors.

  • Thomas H Nienburg Sr

    06/07/2019 10:10 AM

    Governor,
    Mueller is “dirty” & I pray he will be exposed
    as such. Manafort was foolish & made some mistakes but to be sent to Rikers is unjust. Did he appeal his verdict, I don’t know if he did or could. I hope Gen. Flynn does withdraw his guilty plea.
    Thank for your reports& a reply, to educate me, would be appreciated.
    Respectfully,
    Thomas H Nienburg Sr

  • Thomas R Sprenger

    06/07/2019 10:05 AM

    Mueller is a front man for the Democrats. Even though he could find no evidence against Trump he is obligated to the Democrats who want to impeach Trump.

  • Martha Rounsavall

    06/07/2019 10:01 AM

    I’m so thankful for you and Mr. Hamburg and others like Mr. Graham and Jay Sukalo who won’t allow these lies to go unchallenged. Keep digging and expose the darkness and evil that is trying to destroy our nation. May God help and protect you.

  • Jerry Korba

    06/07/2019 09:46 AM

    Finally people are getting the picture on this Mueller I have said for a year that he is not a honorable man and I want Flynn and Manafort case dropped because of this phony investigation and their lives put back together we all can become a victim of phony accusations and have life destroyed by people like Mueller and Comey and the rest of that band of renegades. Last point negotiating with Mexico is like working with North Korea. Mexico knows the problem, what have they done to fix it? Very little they push the US knowing our Congress is probably getting donations from the Mexican cartels why else would they allow the border to remain open. Not only hate for our laws but greed plays a big part in their inaction to reform our Immigration Laws. Our President calls our Country a piggy bank the Congress calls the Mexican Cartel their piggy bank and the beat goes on!!!!!!!!!!! Nice to know how loyal this Congress is to the American citizen, take our tax money and do nothing and also take money from the crime mob nice double dip who would want to leave that gig? Only an Honorable person and no ones leaving.....

  • Janine Simonetti

    06/07/2019 09:34 AM

    Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn should be allowed to change his plea. He has suffered greatly as has his family. Much worse people have been granted ridiculous concessions, why shouldn’t Lt. Gen. Flynn be given a chance to clear his name now that it is obvious he was being set up by Killary stooges?
    That is reason enough for a pardon or reversal of his alleged conviction.
    How can this happen in America?


As Paul Manafort anticipates transfer to RIKERS ISLAND to await charges by the state of New York for additional financial crimes, John Solomon reports that Robert Mueller’s special counsel report significantly distorted the background of a Ukrainian businessman with whom Manafort had business ties, saying that he was a Russian intel agent.

 

Sounds sinister, doesn’t it? But Konstantin Kilimnik was, in reality, a ‘sensitive’ intelligence source for the U.S. State Department, not Russia. He was one of their most reliable and valuable sources on what was going on inside the Ukrainian government. State Department officials had told the FBI that it didn’t seem Kilimnik held any allegiance to Moscow at all, and that he was, in fact, highly critical of Russia’s invasion of Crimea. Mueller had to be well aware of all this. He had had in his possession since 2018 hundreds of pages of government documents such as “302” interview reports, from both the FBI and State Department, that attested to this. By leaving it out and painting Kilimnik as a Russian agent, he managed to make former Trump campaign chairman Manafort look like a possible conspirator.


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Mueller and his team had to know that Kilimnik visited the United States twice in 2016 to meet with State Department officials, and that for years, going back to 2013, he met regularly, sometimes several times a week, with the top political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kiev. He sent lengthy written email reports to U.S. officials. In other words, he was on our side. But you would never know this from reading the report, because THEY LEFT IT OUT.

 

This seems very much in character for Mueller (or, just as likely, his infamous right-hand man Andrew Weissmann, known for deep-sixing exculpatory material); he also deceptively edited the transcript of a voicemail from former Trump attorney John Dowd to the attorney for Michael Flynn, making a perfectly appropriate and proper conversation between lawyers seem like obstruction of justice.

 

Mueller is just as adept as James Comey’s FBI was at strategically omitting information. The FISA application to spy on Carter Page said HE was suspected of being a Russian agent (when they knew he wasn't) but hid their knowledge that the Steele “dossier” was political opposition research against Trump that had been funded by Hillary Clinton and the DNC, with money funneled through their law firm. That would have been something to include, wouldn’t it??

Sean Hannity pointed out on his Thursday night show that Solomon is not the first reporter to raise questions about Kilimnik; for example, Kenneth Vogel and Andrew Kramer wrote at great length about him in The New York Times on February 23 of this year. (“Russian spy or hustling political operative? The enigmatic figure at the heart of Mueller’s inquiry...”) But what’s new is the observation that Mueller knowingly left out information about Kilimnik to more easily paint him as a Russian agent.

 

But, hey, by twisting the story, they really juiced up their report. As John Solomon writes, “The incomplete portrayal of Kilimnik is so important to Mueller’s overall narrative that it is raised in

the opening of his report. ‘The FBI assesses’ Kilimnik ‘to have ties to Russian intelligence,’ Mueller’s team wrote on page 6, putting a sinister light on every contact Kilimnik had with Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman.”


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“And [Kilimnik] had that recent contact [with U.S. intel] in March of 2016, just as he [Manafort] was being named to the President’s campaign. How does that stay a secret for so long?” Solomon asked. “Somebody didn’t want us to get a complete picture, that’s what.”

 

Another distortion is Mueller’s portrayal of Kilimnik’s delivery to the Trump campaign of a peace plan for settling the conflict between Russia and the Ukraine over Crimea. This was in August of 2016. What the report fails to mention is that Kilimnik had already presented this plan...to the Obama administration, three months earlier during a trip to Washington. He offered it to Alexander Kasanof, his former handler at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, who (get this) by then had been promoted to a top policy position at the State Department. (That’s the level of trust we’re talking about.) Kilimnik was thanked for the plan and told that it was “very important for us to know.”

 

Mueller’s report says nothing about Kilimnik’s previous delivery of the plan to the Obama State Department.

 

Also, the fact that he was able to travel to the U.S. to meet with State officials tells us that he was never flagged in visa databases as a foreign intelligence threat.

 

Solomon has tons of confirmation that Mueller’s team had all this documentation and must have been aware of Kilimnik’s true alliances, which apparently weren’t sinister at all. Just the opposite, in fact. Of course, with Kilimnik’s Russian connections, he surely DID have contact over the years with Russian intelligence figures, but perhaps those very contacts helped make his information especially valuable to our State Department. His work as a trusted intel source for the State Department needed to be figured into Mueller’s report, but Mueller studiously ignored it.

 

So, as Mueller slinks away, the question is, how else did he shape the narrative? What else did he leave out?


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Key figure that Mueller report linked to Russia was a State Department intel source

In related news, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents and is currently awaiting sentencing, reportedly wants to fire his attorneys. However, on Thursday evening Judge Emmet Sullivan blocked this move, although it was on procedural grounds. According to the Washington Examiner, Flynn is preparing to withdraw his guilty plea.

 

GOOD.

 

We’ve followed Flynn’s story for a long time. Recall that during the transition, as he was moving boxes into his new office as Trump’s new national security adviser, two FBI officials –- Peter Strzok (that’s right) and Joe Pietka –- sent by then-FBI Director James Comey dropped in to, uh, clear up a few questions they had about some of his contacts. His deputy, Andrew McCabe, had casually set this up in a phone call, making out that it was no big deal, just a formality. Flynn had asked McCabe if he should have a lawyer and was specifically told no.

 

We know now that this was a bogus interview; they already knew exactly what Flynn had said in the phone conversations they asked him about because they had surveilled him and unmasked his name. (Someone also illegally leaked it to the Washington Post –- a serious crime.) Sally Yates had set this obvious perjury trap in motion by expressing concerns that Flynn might have violated the Logan Act (!) by having contacts that actually were perfectly appropriate for someone in his job during a presidential transition.

 

Comey even joked later in a 2018 TV interview that he wouldn’t have tried something like this –- casually dropping by and questioning someone without a lawyer –- during previous administrations, only during the “chaos” of Trump’s transition period. Real funny. What he and his cohorts did ruined the life and reputation of a distinguished military man who served his country for many years.

 

We now know that even the agents who interviewed Flynn didn’t think he was actually trying to be deceptive. It seems obvious that he pleaded guilty only because he was out of money and just couldn’t continue the legal fight. (There were also reports that they were threatening to go after his son, too.) But since then, we’ve figured out what this really was, and so has he. Perhaps he also has a new source of legal funds; I pray that’s the case, as this man was set up from the get-go. If he wants to change his plea now, so be it!

 

Apparently, this honorable man still has some fight left in him.

 

Judge won’t allow Flynn to fire his attorneys

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Comments 26-35 of 35

  • marida binsted

    06/07/2019 10:52 AM

    Hillary Clinton should be held accountable for what she did to trump. She has no shame and still runs around crying that she should have won. I guess so with all the shananigans she did. I hope they are held accountable soon. Adam Shiff should shut his mouth. He never put anything on the table running around saying he has something. If he did he sure would have told it. Maybe he knows what the Democrats did and is afraid Mr. Barr will get to the bottom of it. This is a sorry day for this country when you have leaders in the Democrat party wanting to impeach or lockup a president as a result of their wrongdoing. I feel sorry for the future generation if this mess is not cleaned up.

  • Walter N. Willis

    06/07/2019 10:19 AM

    As always, your articles are insightful and informing. Without the factual assessments and honest reporting by you and others (Hannity, Sarah Carter, etal), the shenanigans of the entrenched bureaucrats and Hillary Clinton types in Washington would never be known. Thank you.

  • Janine Pope Barker

    06/07/2019 10:18 AM

    Fire the judge....

  • Kenneth Arnold

    06/07/2019 10:18 AM

    Where is the "go fund me" account that will collect money for the General's defense? I'm in.

  • Richard Payne

    06/07/2019 10:16 AM

    Everyday Mike we find out more of the wrongdoing and deceit by Mueller, FBI and others. How come nothing happens? Thats what the American people are so angry about. The seem above the law. They are writing books, touring, giving speeches and laughing at the American people. Why dont you demand on TV that they are brought to justice. If it was the other way around, there would be 2am breaking down of doors.

  • Thomas H Nienburg Sr

    06/07/2019 10:10 AM

    Governor,
    Mueller is “dirty” & I pray he will be exposed
    as such. Manafort was foolish & made some mistakes but to be sent to Rikers is unjust. Did he appeal his verdict, I don’t know if he did or could. I hope Gen. Flynn does withdraw his guilty plea.
    Thank for your reports& a reply, to educate me, would be appreciated.
    Respectfully,
    Thomas H Nienburg Sr

  • Thomas R Sprenger

    06/07/2019 10:05 AM

    Mueller is a front man for the Democrats. Even though he could find no evidence against Trump he is obligated to the Democrats who want to impeach Trump.

  • Martha Rounsavall

    06/07/2019 10:01 AM

    I’m so thankful for you and Mr. Hamburg and others like Mr. Graham and Jay Sukalo who won’t allow these lies to go unchallenged. Keep digging and expose the darkness and evil that is trying to destroy our nation. May God help and protect you.

  • Jerry Korba

    06/07/2019 09:46 AM

    Finally people are getting the picture on this Mueller I have said for a year that he is not a honorable man and I want Flynn and Manafort case dropped because of this phony investigation and their lives put back together we all can become a victim of phony accusations and have life destroyed by people like Mueller and Comey and the rest of that band of renegades. Last point negotiating with Mexico is like working with North Korea. Mexico knows the problem, what have they done to fix it? Very little they push the US knowing our Congress is probably getting donations from the Mexican cartels why else would they allow the border to remain open. Not only hate for our laws but greed plays a big part in their inaction to reform our Immigration Laws. Our President calls our Country a piggy bank the Congress calls the Mexican Cartel their piggy bank and the beat goes on!!!!!!!!!!! Nice to know how loyal this Congress is to the American citizen, take our tax money and do nothing and also take money from the crime mob nice double dip who would want to leave that gig? Only an Honorable person and no ones leaving.....

  • Janine Simonetti

    06/07/2019 09:34 AM

    Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn should be allowed to change his plea. He has suffered greatly as has his family. Much worse people have been granted ridiculous concessions, why shouldn’t Lt. Gen. Flynn be given a chance to clear his name now that it is obvious he was being set up by Killary stooges?
    That is reason enough for a pardon or reversal of his alleged conviction.
    How can this happen in America?


As Paul Manafort anticipates transfer to RIKERS ISLAND to await charges by the state of New York for additional financial crimes, John Solomon reports that Robert Mueller’s special counsel report significantly distorted the background of a Ukrainian businessman with whom Manafort had business ties, saying that he was a Russian intel agent.

 

Sounds sinister, doesn’t it? But Konstantin Kilimnik was, in reality, a ‘sensitive’ intelligence source for the U.S. State Department, not Russia. He was one of their most reliable and valuable sources on what was going on inside the Ukrainian government. State Department officials had told the FBI that it didn’t seem Kilimnik held any allegiance to Moscow at all, and that he was, in fact, highly critical of Russia’s invasion of Crimea. Mueller had to be well aware of all this. He had had in his possession since 2018 hundreds of pages of government documents such as “302” interview reports, from both the FBI and State Department, that attested to this. By leaving it out and painting Kilimnik as a Russian agent, he managed to make former Trump campaign chairman Manafort look like a possible conspirator.


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Mueller and his team had to know that Kilimnik visited the United States twice in 2016 to meet with State Department officials, and that for years, going back to 2013, he met regularly, sometimes several times a week, with the top political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kiev. He sent lengthy written email reports to U.S. officials. In other words, he was on our side. But you would never know this from reading the report, because THEY LEFT IT OUT.

 

This seems very much in character for Mueller (or, just as likely, his infamous right-hand man Andrew Weissmann, known for deep-sixing exculpatory material); he also deceptively edited the transcript of a voicemail from former Trump attorney John Dowd to the attorney for Michael Flynn, making a perfectly appropriate and proper conversation between lawyers seem like obstruction of justice.

 

Mueller is just as adept as James Comey’s FBI was at strategically omitting information. The FISA application to spy on Carter Page said HE was suspected of being a Russian agent (when they knew he wasn't) but hid their knowledge that the Steele “dossier” was political opposition research against Trump that had been funded by Hillary Clinton and the DNC, with money funneled through their law firm. That would have been something to include, wouldn’t it??

Sean Hannity pointed out on his Thursday night show that Solomon is not the first reporter to raise questions about Kilimnik; for example, Kenneth Vogel and Andrew Kramer wrote at great length about him in The New York Times on February 23 of this year. (“Russian spy or hustling political operative? The enigmatic figure at the heart of Mueller’s inquiry...”) But what’s new is the observation that Mueller knowingly left out information about Kilimnik to more easily paint him as a Russian agent.

 

But, hey, by twisting the story, they really juiced up their report. As John Solomon writes, “The incomplete portrayal of Kilimnik is so important to Mueller’s overall narrative that it is raised in

the opening of his report. ‘The FBI assesses’ Kilimnik ‘to have ties to Russian intelligence,’ Mueller’s team wrote on page 6, putting a sinister light on every contact Kilimnik had with Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman.”


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“And [Kilimnik] had that recent contact [with U.S. intel] in March of 2016, just as he [Manafort] was being named to the President’s campaign. How does that stay a secret for so long?” Solomon asked. “Somebody didn’t want us to get a complete picture, that’s what.”

 

Another distortion is Mueller’s portrayal of Kilimnik’s delivery to the Trump campaign of a peace plan for settling the conflict between Russia and the Ukraine over Crimea. This was in August of 2016. What the report fails to mention is that Kilimnik had already presented this plan...to the Obama administration, three months earlier during a trip to Washington. He offered it to Alexander Kasanof, his former handler at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, who (get this) by then had been promoted to a top policy position at the State Department. (That’s the level of trust we’re talking about.) Kilimnik was thanked for the plan and told that it was “very important for us to know.”

 

Mueller’s report says nothing about Kilimnik’s previous delivery of the plan to the Obama State Department.

 

Also, the fact that he was able to travel to the U.S. to meet with State officials tells us that he was never flagged in visa databases as a foreign intelligence threat.

 

Solomon has tons of confirmation that Mueller’s team had all this documentation and must have been aware of Kilimnik’s true alliances, which apparently weren’t sinister at all. Just the opposite, in fact. Of course, with Kilimnik’s Russian connections, he surely DID have contact over the years with Russian intelligence figures, but perhaps those very contacts helped make his information especially valuable to our State Department. His work as a trusted intel source for the State Department needed to be figured into Mueller’s report, but Mueller studiously ignored it.

 

So, as Mueller slinks away, the question is, how else did he shape the narrative? What else did he leave out?


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Key figure that Mueller report linked to Russia was a State Department intel source

In related news, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents and is currently awaiting sentencing, reportedly wants to fire his attorneys. However, on Thursday evening Judge Emmet Sullivan blocked this move, although it was on procedural grounds. According to the Washington Examiner, Flynn is preparing to withdraw his guilty plea.

 

GOOD.

 

We’ve followed Flynn’s story for a long time. Recall that during the transition, as he was moving boxes into his new office as Trump’s new national security adviser, two FBI officials –- Peter Strzok (that’s right) and Joe Pietka –- sent by then-FBI Director James Comey dropped in to, uh, clear up a few questions they had about some of his contacts. His deputy, Andrew McCabe, had casually set this up in a phone call, making out that it was no big deal, just a formality. Flynn had asked McCabe if he should have a lawyer and was specifically told no.

 

We know now that this was a bogus interview; they already knew exactly what Flynn had said in the phone conversations they asked him about because they had surveilled him and unmasked his name. (Someone also illegally leaked it to the Washington Post –- a serious crime.) Sally Yates had set this obvious perjury trap in motion by expressing concerns that Flynn might have violated the Logan Act (!) by having contacts that actually were perfectly appropriate for someone in his job during a presidential transition.

 

Comey even joked later in a 2018 TV interview that he wouldn’t have tried something like this –- casually dropping by and questioning someone without a lawyer –- during previous administrations, only during the “chaos” of Trump’s transition period. Real funny. What he and his cohorts did ruined the life and reputation of a distinguished military man who served his country for many years.

 

We now know that even the agents who interviewed Flynn didn’t think he was actually trying to be deceptive. It seems obvious that he pleaded guilty only because he was out of money and just couldn’t continue the legal fight. (There were also reports that they were threatening to go after his son, too.) But since then, we’ve figured out what this really was, and so has he. Perhaps he also has a new source of legal funds; I pray that’s the case, as this man was set up from the get-go. If he wants to change his plea now, so be it!

 

Apparently, this honorable man still has some fight left in him.

 

Judge won’t allow Flynn to fire his attorneys

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  • marida binsted

    06/07/2019 10:52 AM

    Hillary Clinton should be held accountable for what she did to trump. She has no shame and still runs around crying that she should have won. I guess so with all the shananigans she did. I hope they are held accountable soon. Adam Shiff should shut his mouth. He never put anything on the table running around saying he has something. If he did he sure would have told it. Maybe he knows what the Democrats did and is afraid Mr. Barr will get to the bottom of it. This is a sorry day for this country when you have leaders in the Democrat party wanting to impeach or lockup a president as a result of their wrongdoing. I feel sorry for the future generation if this mess is not cleaned up.

  • Walter N. Willis

    06/07/2019 10:19 AM

    As always, your articles are insightful and informing. Without the factual assessments and honest reporting by you and others (Hannity, Sarah Carter, etal), the shenanigans of the entrenched bureaucrats and Hillary Clinton types in Washington would never be known. Thank you.

  • Janine Pope Barker

    06/07/2019 10:18 AM

    Fire the judge....

  • Kenneth Arnold

    06/07/2019 10:18 AM

    Where is the "go fund me" account that will collect money for the General's defense? I'm in.

  • Richard Payne

    06/07/2019 10:16 AM

    Everyday Mike we find out more of the wrongdoing and deceit by Mueller, FBI and others. How come nothing happens? Thats what the American people are so angry about. The seem above the law. They are writing books, touring, giving speeches and laughing at the American people. Why dont you demand on TV that they are brought to justice. If it was the other way around, there would be 2am breaking down of doors.

  • Thomas H Nienburg Sr

    06/07/2019 10:10 AM

    Governor,
    Mueller is “dirty” & I pray he will be exposed
    as such. Manafort was foolish & made some mistakes but to be sent to Rikers is unjust. Did he appeal his verdict, I don’t know if he did or could. I hope Gen. Flynn does withdraw his guilty plea.
    Thank for your reports& a reply, to educate me, would be appreciated.
    Respectfully,
    Thomas H Nienburg Sr

  • Thomas R Sprenger

    06/07/2019 10:05 AM

    Mueller is a front man for the Democrats. Even though he could find no evidence against Trump he is obligated to the Democrats who want to impeach Trump.

  • Martha Rounsavall

    06/07/2019 10:01 AM

    I’m so thankful for you and Mr. Hamburg and others like Mr. Graham and Jay Sukalo who won’t allow these lies to go unchallenged. Keep digging and expose the darkness and evil that is trying to destroy our nation. May God help and protect you.

  • Jerry Korba

    06/07/2019 09:46 AM

    Finally people are getting the picture on this Mueller I have said for a year that he is not a honorable man and I want Flynn and Manafort case dropped because of this phony investigation and their lives put back together we all can become a victim of phony accusations and have life destroyed by people like Mueller and Comey and the rest of that band of renegades. Last point negotiating with Mexico is like working with North Korea. Mexico knows the problem, what have they done to fix it? Very little they push the US knowing our Congress is probably getting donations from the Mexican cartels why else would they allow the border to remain open. Not only hate for our laws but greed plays a big part in their inaction to reform our Immigration Laws. Our President calls our Country a piggy bank the Congress calls the Mexican Cartel their piggy bank and the beat goes on!!!!!!!!!!! Nice to know how loyal this Congress is to the American citizen, take our tax money and do nothing and also take money from the crime mob nice double dip who would want to leave that gig? Only an Honorable person and no ones leaving.....

  • Janine Simonetti

    06/07/2019 09:34 AM

    Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn should be allowed to change his plea. He has suffered greatly as has his family. Much worse people have been granted ridiculous concessions, why shouldn’t Lt. Gen. Flynn be given a chance to clear his name now that it is obvious he was being set up by Killary stooges?
    That is reason enough for a pardon or reversal of his alleged conviction.
    How can this happen in America?